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New Starters and Farewells

By October 7, 2022April 12th, 2024No Comments
Photo Credit: Vartika Kashyap

New Starters

Early 2022 saw the TownRock team grow to quadruple what it was just 6 months before and over the course of the year working closely together has delivered our most successful year to date with triple turnover compared to previous year, and x10 turnover of the year before. The fortunes of this and securing some more significant private contracts and R&D project funding, have meant we are able to expand our team further. We are very pleased to welcome two new, talented individuals to join our lovely team! Emmet Strachan and Sean Watson started full time roles in August and October, and we wish them a very warm welcome to the team.

Over the past year, Emmet has been working as a Project Engineer for a process control engineering firm based in Aberdeen. His Master’s in Mechanical Engineering will ensure Emmet merges seamlessly into the engineering department here at TownRock. Emmet is relocating from Aberdeen so he can integrate into our Edinburgh working space and team.

Sean started in October as our mine water thermal storage and underground heat transfer R&D project, Galleries2Calories (G2C), Geothermica project lead, working closely with members of the project team to ensure the smooth management of our internal resource, external partners, and integration of workflows across the 3-year R&D project. Sean has 7 years academic experience in both engineering and geology, although he is an engineer by qualification. Sean is based in Glasgow and will make regular visits to the Edinburgh office.

The expansion of the team gives us capacity to develop a multitude of engineering services, including heat pump / exchange / storage design, heat network scoping / design, building energy demand modelling, drilling / well / completion design, and further O&M services.


Alongside our new starters, we have some farewells and acknowledgements for our interns. We’d like to offer thanks to our interns Conor Mckenna, Sachin Patel, Sarah Trewin, Kathryn Page, Angus Neil and Alexandra Sweeney who have been with us at various points across the course of the year.

Conor Mckenna completed a 6-month internship running TownRock’s social media platforms and helping with administrative tasks.

Sachin Patel also completed a 6-month internship supporting design and selection of our recently purchased thermal response test rig and conceptualising a few export opportunities.

Sarah Trewin analysed and evaluated geophysical techniques for a deep geothermal project in an area with very sparse data during her 4-week internship.

Kathryn Page considered geophysical techniques applicable to reducing drilling risk of shallow mine workings across her 4-week internship.

Angus Neil completed a 6-week internship in which he completed a thorough literature review of the NE Grampian Highlands structural history in relation to regional faulting, magmatic and orogenic events. TownRock will look to support Angus throughout his undergraduate dissertation which will explore the geothermal potential of the Galapagos Islands.

Alexandra Sweeney is currently studying for her PhD in mine water geothermal. As part of her internship, Ally supported development of a drilling programme at one of our mine water schemes.

Thank you

To each of our interns who provided invaluable support during their time with TownRock!